Strong winds in the valley quickly herald they will last most of Monday

(KTXL) – The National Weather Service says a wind advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. Monday.

The advisory began at 4 a.m. with the strongest winds expected in the afternoon.

The Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, as well as the Delta, are expected to experience sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts of 45 to 50 mph.

The NWS has warned people to be prepared for power outages and dangerous travel conditions.

Pacific Gas & Electric spokesperson Karly Hernandez said the utility did not experience any major outages on Sunday. Crews and equipment are deployed statewide to respond quickly to power outages, Hernandez told The Associated Press.

In addition to the wind, the valley could receive between 2 and 5 inches of rain until Tuesday, which is a lot of rain to handle in a short period of time, said FOX40 meteorologist Adam Epstein.

The impacts of rainfall will likely be a nuisance to residents, who could experience flooding from clogged drains.

Sunday night was a busy one for tow truck drivers and the California Highway Patrol.

The video showed the scene of an accident on Butano Drive where a car left the roadway and ended up on a lawn and narrowly failed to crash into a building.

“The first rain is the oil on the road that causes the tires to spin. And people don’t realize, they still have the confidence that they can drive fast, but that’s when it’s very, very dangerous. All that oil makes cars slide and slip and lose control. Tell them to slow down on the turns. If it says 45, go down to 40, ”advised Rick Chima of Chima’s Towing.

Another system is expected to bring more rain to the valley from Wednesday to Thursday.

This storm system could provide nearly continuous snow, said Edan Weishahn of the Reno Weather Service, which monitors an area straddling the Nevada state border.
Donner Summit, one of the highest points on Interstate 80 and a major suburban trade route, could have major travel disruptions or road closures, Weishahn said.

The NWS reported on Sunday that Sacramento’s 2022 water year, which runs from October 1 to the end of September 2022, has already beaten the 2021 water year total by 7.87 inches of rain.

“Remember the last year the water has been miserably dry so the bar has been set low,” the NWS wrote in a tweet.

The weather follows a calm and unusually warm November.

“With this storm coming, it’s going to be a wake-up call for a lot of people,” Weishahn said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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